Curious polar bear inspects RCAF helicopter

a curious polar bear came by to investigate the helicopter, causing some superficial damage as it pushed on a side door, popped out an emergency exit window and removed a small cover panel on the nose.

A Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter crew got more than they bargained for when landing in Newfoundland and Labrador, on September 16th. Having landed due to poor weather, the CH-149 Cormorant crew reported, "a curious polar bear came by to investigate the helicopter, causing some superficial damage as it pushed on a side door, popped out an emergency exit window and removed a small cover panel on the nose."

The crew tweeted out pictures of a sizeable claw leaving a mud mark on the side of the helicopter, and the slightly damaged exit window.

emergency exit window

Many on social media are calling this story "Quintessentially, Canadian."

According to the RCAF, "The polar bear did not get inside the helicopter and there were no crew members in the vicinity at the time. After an inspection, repairs were completed and the crew resumed flights on their planned two-week mountain flying search and rescue exercise."